Taichung Metropolitan Park is large for Taiwanese standards. It covers 217 acres (0.88 square km) in Dadushan, the broad terraced hill on the west of Taichung urban area. The park is at the top of the hill, at more than 300 meters above sea level. So, on a clear day, you can see Taichung and the Central Range on the east and Shalu and the Taiwan Strait on the west.
The main attraction anyway is the park itself, as clear days are not so common even in Taichung. Taichung Metropolitan Park is a beautiful example of a modern Chinese-style park. Human artefacts are scattered throughout the park, as miniatures in an emperor’s treasure box: pavilions, a dome-shaped stars observation plaza, beautiful Chinese bridges, a visitor center and more. Also, a great effort has been made to create a multitude of different ecological environments – ponds, praires, wooded spots.
So this park is a great place for wandering for hours. Beside walking and relaxing, there are wide spaces available for kite flying (lots of colorful kites can be seen on the weekends!). Bicycles are allowed on a few wider tracks (not many though, the park is more suitable for walking). There is also a cafeteria and you can find food in the little shops outside the garden (only on weekends, as the park is very quiet on weekdays).
A complete walking itinerary around Taichung Metropolitan Park (green and purple tracks as shown on the map above) is 6.6 km long and so it takes at least 2 hours. It covers most – but not all – the attractions in the park.
How to get to Taichung Metropolitan Park
The park is quite remote from the city. The only bus line available is #324 (one ride every 30 minutes). This bus runs along Taiwan Boulevard, from the Main Train Station, and stops just in front of the park.
The park can also be reached from Donghai Villa bus stop on Taiwan Boulevard (former Taichung Harbour Road – bus #300-#308). You would have to walk for 30 minutes and find your way through the narrow alleys around Art Street, but it is an enjoyable walk.
Most of the visitors come here by car or motorcycle. There is parking available but unfortunately not for free (even along the road).